Juventus' general director Giuseppe Marotta has admitted that Alvaro Morata's future at the Serie A giants is uncertain amid reports linking the Spaniard with a summer move to Arsenal. The club chief, meanwhile, has also refused to deny reports linking the Italians with a move for Alexis Sanchez after admitting the Chilean international is "a great player".
Both Marca and AS have reported in recent months that Real Madrid are ready to activate Morata's €30m (£23.6m, $33.9m) buy-back option during the summer transfer window to automatically sell him to the Premier League for a profit in a deal worth around €50m.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have since been linked with his services while last month The Telegraph reported that Arsene Wenger has earmarked the Spaniard as the number-one target to bolster his attack ahead of next season – having already tried to sign him from Real Madrid two seasons ago when he instead joined Juventus.
Marotta, who had previously claimed that he was well aware about Real Madrid's business intentions, has now admitted that they only have a 50% chance of keeping the coveted striker ahead of next season.
"We have to meet with Real Madrid but right now they are busy preparing for the final of the Champions League. We've postponed the talks until after the final. There is a 50% chance he will stay," the Juventus chief said to Gianluca DiMarzio.com
PSG star Edinson Cavani and Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez have been some of the names linked with a move to Juventus to replace Morata if the Spaniard leaves the club.
Questioned about the Chilean international, Marotta said: "It's a nice to hear that many players like Juventus. The fact of the matter is that now this team is where it has always been regarded to belong historically, now it's normal that we are very appealing and that many important players would like to arrive at Juventus. Di Natale refused us but those times are long gone. Sanchez? He's a great player."
Nevertheless, when asked about Cavani, the club chief admitted that should Morata leave they will need to sign another forward to partner Mario Mandžukić and Paulo Dybala.
"If Cavani can come? Our attack meets all requirements, made up of three players whom all arrived last summer. We're very happy with what they are doing and if a player like Morata leaves then we will evaluate what to do but I think that we will start next Serie A season with this arrangement."